Public Notes


Recent Activity

  • Shawn shared from Eyes That See, Ears That Hear: Perceiving Jesus in a Postmodern Context by James P Danaher
    Many of us seek more and more objectivity so that we can judge the correctness of one perspective over another. But there is no such objective criterion apart from the fruit of our individual, subjective perspectives.
    Note: God is still speaking :)
  • Shawn shared from The Books of the Bible (NIV), New Testament by Zondervan
    He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.
    Note: Jesus taught us that prayer is a simple act.
  • Shawn shared from The Books of the Bible (NIV), New Testament by Zondervan
    He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.
    Note: Things change. Old ways don't meet the needs of the coming generation(s). The former doesn't understand and desires the old wine. Jesus saw this in his day and we see it in our day today. Will our churches burst or will they begin drinking and acquiring a taste for new expressions of our ancient faith?
  • Shawn shared from The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene H. Peterson
    The question I put to myself is not "How many people have you spoken to about Christ this week?" but "How many people have you listened to in Christ this week?"
  • Shawn shared from The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene H. Peterson
    I can be a pastor who prays. I want to cultivate my relationship with God. I want all of life to be intimate - sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously - with the God who made, directs, and loves me. And I want to waken others to the nature and centrality of prayer. I want to be a person in this community to whom others can come without hesitation, without wondering if it is appropriate, to get direction in prayer and praying. I want to do the original work of being in deepening conversation with the God who reveals himself to me and addresses me by name. I don't want to dispense mimeographedhand-outs...
    Note: This is good and right.
(Stamford, CT)
Shawn Garan
Web Page: shawngaran.com